Cheney to GOP leaders: ‘We’re in deep doo doo’ on North Korea
April 9th, 2013
08:14 PM ET
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Cheney to GOP leaders: ‘We’re in deep doo doo’ on North Korea

(CNN) – Republican leaders in Congress received a dire warning on Tuesday from former Vice President Dick Cheney on the ongoing crisis in North Korea.

“We’re in deep doo doo,” Cheney told lawmakers, according to a GOP leadership aide.

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Cheney added the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, is unpredictable and doesn't share the United States worldview.

One lawmaker present at the session, Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida, said Cheney wore a cowboy hat and "looked really good, spoke really clearly, lucidly.”

“It was nice to see him doing well,” Southerland said, noting the last time Cheney was on Capitol Hill he "didn’t look good – very frail, but in this meeting he looked great."

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Cheney, 72, underwent a successful heart transplant in 2012 after a series of heart attacks over many years.

Southerland said Cheney spent about 10 minutes in the GOP leadership meeting Tuesday, and didn't give any specific policy recommendations or critiques of how the Obama administration is handling the situation in North Korea.

Cheney talked about the North Korean leader, Southerland said, and shared some of his history dealing with Saddam Hussein, noting "you never know what they're thinking."

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Southerland, summarizing the former vice president’s remarks, said Cheney advised not to “eliminate any possibility.”

“Here's a young guy we don't know very much about – have very little intel on him, so we just need to make sure that we don't assume why he's doing what he's doing because he could be doing what he's doing for any number of reasons,” Southerland recalled Cheney saying.

Cheney also dropped by the weekly House GOP whip meeting at the invitation of Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

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Cheney himself is a former House Republican whip.

"Whip McCarthy invited Vice President Cheney to discuss the ongoing situation on the Korean Peninsula with members of our whip team. We appreciate the vice president for sharing his insight and experience on the matter," a McCarthy aide told CNN.

The aide declined to say whether Cheney suggested any specific course of action on the situation in North Korea during this meeting.

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  1. Biff Omney

    Cheney returns from the grave to whip up another war frenzy.

    April 9, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. Alan

    Says the man with ZERO credibility

    April 9, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Captain

    Cheney, Junior, Silverstein, and the Bush WH gang did 9/11. CIA confirms they wanted a Pearl Harbor Event that they could deny. See Veterans Today site for reports. And still the US Media perpetuates the bush lies.

    April 9, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. Chris

    Does anyone really care what Chicken Little has to say about N.Korea? Of course he's afraid ... he's pretty much afraid of everything.

    April 9, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Captain

    Cheney and Bush Sr = Evil Empire.
    Bush Sr and his dad's name is actually german – Schref(f). Prescott Bush supported Hitler. See Veterans Today site for details. Corporate N*zism now runs USA.

    April 9, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. ug

    No were not...

    April 9, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. JustSomeReason

    I can just picture the Situation Room in the White House in 2003.
    "We're in deep doo doo, George".
    "That bad, huh Dick?"
    "We just need to make sure that we don't assume why he's doing what he's doing because he could be doing what he's doing for any number of reasons"
    "BOMB EM!!!!"

    April 9, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. I'mgladI'mnotarepublican

    We were headed down the path to doo doo, when you and Binky the wonder chimp were elected to office.

    April 9, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. Saul

    Ahh Dick Cheney advise is as important as dirt after a shower.

    April 9, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. Jay

    Wow, that's some great useless advice from a has been that wasn't very good at running the country when he was IN office.

    April 9, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. JOE B

    ‘We’re in deep doo doo’ – Cheney

    April 9, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  12. zuglo

    At first I thought Dick Cheney was referring to the GOP itself when he said "we are in deep doo doo." Great children's vocabulary Mr. Cheney.

    April 9, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. john

    Always thought Cheney and his pet monkey (Bush) would have been better off dealing with NK years ago, rather than waste our time and resources in Iraq.

    April 9, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Jay

    Wow, that's some great useless advice from a washout that wasn't very good at running the US when he was actually supposed to be on the job.

    April 9, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. Jetranger

    I Know what Cheney would do – he'd go Attack – Syria or Some far away Island somewhere and then Fabricate they had Bottle Rockets and 4th July Firework Snakes or something, why he attacked it, and he'd totally leave North Korea alone, just like he and his Corrupt buddies did in the 2003 War, instead of going and getting Osama Bin Laden, they Jumped over to IRAQ, and Fabricated all kinds of lies & Excuses – meanwhile Osama Bin Laden was FREE to Roam !

    April 9, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. kathy/Minnesota

    Oh yeah "DICK" the GOP is in "DEEP DO DO" and you helped pave the way, you and your boss georgie, sidekick rummy boy and good ole condie offically opened the poop shoot door and the GOP have been wallowin and spewin crap for years.

    April 9, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. IBOK

    Thanks Dick, but we dont need your advice any more. You had your shot and look where were at today. Go back to your retirement that we still pay for.

    April 9, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. Chaos

    Yeah, you never know when one of these power mad types might lie and make up a bunch of stuff to justify invading a country for no good reason and then do it.

    April 9, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    We've been in deep doo doo since W was selected by the Supreme Court and the evil cheney forced his way into the VP slot. Why didn't the battery fail???????? WHY!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. us_1776

    Birds of a feather.

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    April 9, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  21. wjs

    Oh Boy! Advise from Cheney about how to interpret intelligence!

    April 9, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. wassamatteryou

    and what would the Prince of Darkness do about North Korea...........?

    April 9, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  23. GI Joe

    Send in Haliburton. Oh wait - no oil in N. Korea so Cheney knows nothing about the country. No $$$$$$$ for his pocket.

    April 9, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  24. Ladokguy

    Yes, let's listen to the guy with the worst foreign policy record in recent American history. Next Cheney will be telling us Obama is weak on North Korea and if we invade, we will be greated as liberators.

    April 9, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  25. alex

    As long as Halliburton makes money, who cares what it costs America, lives or otherwise, right, Cheney?

    April 9, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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